Epic number of pet adoptions in New York City

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A record 284 animals were adopted from the Best Friends Lifesaving Center in New York City in one month.
By Best Friends staff

It was the best kind of whirlwind. Kittens getting adopted as quickly as they arrived, love connections every day between New Yorkers and dogs and cats in all shapes and sizes — that was August at the Best Friends Lifesaving Center in New York City. And once the calendar flipped from August to September, there had been a record 284 adoptions, the most in a single month since the center opened.

Best Friends’ goal is to support shelters across the country in reaching no-kill by 2025, and collaborating with our shelter partners to take in and place their pets in new homes is just one of the ways we work together toward that shared goal. The epic month of adoptions couldn’t have come at a better time. “Today, many shelters in the New York City area are full and were full in the summer months, too,” says Amy Gravel, Best Friends marketing specialist. “As word got out that shelters needed help, the community really stepped up to show support.”

The center was bustling all month long. Many days there were people lined up before the doors opened, ready to meet and go home with a new pet. Making adoptions easy was part of the key to saving so many lives. A volunteer was on hand to talk with people whose preferred language is Spanish. Not only were adoption fees waived, but the entire staff and many volunteers were there to assist in matching people with the right pet for them.

Here are just a few photos from the past month. Is there anything better than photos of cats and dogs (and kittens and puppies) going home?

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Our goal at Best Friends is to support all animal shelters in the U.S. in reaching no-kill by 2025. No-kill means saving every dog and cat in a shelter who can be saved, accounting for community safety and good quality of life for pets. 

Shelter staff can’t do it alone. Saving animals in shelters is everyone’s responsibility, and it takes support and participation from the community. No-kill is possible when we work together thoughtfully, honestly, and collaboratively.

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